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Drove car with no oil cap

My oil warning light came on on Saturday and I topped up engine oil. I must have forgot to replace cap, I have now driven to work (approx 60 miles). The oil warning light came on about half way, when I opened up the hood there was oil everywhere, there is now nothing left when i check using dipstick. The car was driving ok, If i fill it up with oil will car be ok to drive?? Or does it need to go to a garage??

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I had the same problem two years ago, I didn't fix the oil cap correctly and I lost it during travel. I've done about 20 km when the oil warning went on, I stopped, found the disaster under the bonnet (about the 2/3rd of the oil was lost). To found an oil cap a 14th of July in France was impossible. So I cover the hole with rags and I found a "replacement cap" by using a candy box cover... I do stop every 100 km to check the oil level and the replacement cap. I did drive like that during two weeks before to receive the correct replacement cap.
I've ask my dealer if there was a problem with the oil lost for the engine, and he tell me not to worry about because the loss was not enough to create problems.

Did you check your oil level immediately or did you wait for 1 or two minutes before checking ?

In all case I will take my car back to the garage and ask them to look at it (cleaning the motor is important because the oil can damage various belt or electrical connections)...

But first of all do the topping up again (I'm sure you did it immediately)

I Wish you good luck.
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Cheers mate. I had to go to honda for a replacement cap (£17 - nearly fell over). I topped up the oil, but it was completely empty before hand. Turned the engine over, no funny noises etc. Might have got oil in just in time. No warning lights are coming on either. I will take it a run later on see if its ok

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how much oil did you have to put in?
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Just under 3 litres
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what do they hold empty to full?
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I dont actually know. When I check the oil levelo now it just below the upper hole on the dipstick, so I am assuming it must hold around 3 litres
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ok, so what it holds minus what you put in his how low it got it was a very short journey tho?
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I must have drove around 60 miles with no oil cap, with warning light coming on around halfway
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what do they hold empty to full?
If it's like the EP3 then it's about 4.5 ltrs. I used to pour in 5 ltr tubs and have a bit left over when I did my own servicing.
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i cant see it doing damage tbh, did the temperature gauge rise much?
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i cant see it doing damage tbh, did the temperature gauge rise much?
I didnt notice to be honest. I've since taken it a run for about 25 mins. No funny noises etc. Seems to be OK. Think ive been quite lucky.

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i think so too!
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So you drove for 30 miles with the oil light on?
Oil low level warning or no pressure?
If it was the latter then there will be damage for sure, however given the tight tolerances you will appear to get away with it. The downside will be to engine life being shortened.
If it was just low level, then it'll probably be fine.
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I do beleive it holds nearly 6 litres in the 2.2.
But I haven't chnaged the oil personally..
...no doubt someone here has

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So you drove for 30 miles with the oil light on?
Oil low level warning or no pressure?
If it was the latter then there will be damage for sure, however given the tight tolerances you will appear to get away with it. The downside will be to engine life being shortened.
If it was just low level, then it'll probably be fine.
At the time I thought it was the low level warning, but when I seen what I had done I was then unsure.

I've been driving it a few days now and done over 100 miles, there seems to be no problem. Fingers croossed it stays that way.

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By the amount of oil you put in, there was still enough oil to do the job. So I'm sure you will not have any problems. It's always very disturbing when you have the oil warning coming up when you've just done the topping.
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Ive done this before and known cars driven on empty in nearly all cases fill up clean up and forget about it.
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I did exactly the same however I reckon I drove for WEEKS without the oil cap on!

No oil warning light came on and the cap was still in the same place under the bonnet as when I shut the bonnet when I lifted it up weeks later. The oil was also still 3/4 full, so a little top up and put the cap back on.

Also no mess under the bonnet, car drove fine during, has been fine since and never got hot or anything....
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